a caffeinated knitter who often knits furiously at midnight in a futile attempt to make a dent in her rapidly growing stash...
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Yarn: Tilli TomasPure & Simple (100% spun silk), Atmosphere - 3 skeins (260 yd / 100g); Tilli Tomas Rock Star (70% spun silk, 30% beads), Atmosphere - 2 skeins (150 yd / 100g) Pattern: By Wendy Bernard for Stitch Diva Studios Needles: Addi Turbo US size 4 (3.5 mm) / 24" and 32" circulars (for diamond patterns), Addi Turbo US size 6 (4mm) / 24" and 32" circulars (for stockinette portions) Size: S for chest circumference 33" Start: January 1, 2007 Finish: February 13, 2007
線材: Tilli TomasPure & Simple (100% 絲), Atmosphere - 3 綑 (260 yd / 100g); Tilli Tomas Rock Star (70% 絲, 30% 珠珠), Atmosphere - 2 綑 (150 yd / 100g) 圖樣: By Wendy Bernard for Stitch Diva Studios 針號: 3.5 mm/60 cm & 80 cm 輪針 (模樣編), 4 mm/60 cm & 80 cm 輪針 (平針部份) 尺寸: S (胸圍33寸) 開始: 2007/01/01 完成: 2007/02/13
Sahara is finished at last. It was really an easy knit, it shouldn't have taken more than a month if I had time to focus. The pattern was well written, very detailed and clear. The sweater is knit from top down, beginning at the back of the neck. Stitches are picked up and knit for the neckline and sleeves. The only seam to sew is at the neckline. Not a whole lot of finishing work. I love it!
The only things that were a bit troublesome were the "k3tog tbl" and "p3tog tbl" in the necklines and hems. With the slippery Addi's and smooth silk yarn, I could not do the "p3tog tbl" at all. I tried for several minutes and just couldn't pull the wrapped yarn through. So I went with these short-cuts:
k3tog tbl - slip 2 sts as if to purl, knit next st through the back loop, pass the 2 sts over the knit st
p3tog tbl - purl 1 st, slip next 2 sts as if to knit, move all three sts back to left needle, pass the 2nd st over the purled st and off the needle, pass the leftmost st over and off in the same manner, move the resulting st back to right needle
Waist Shaping & Hip Increases - knowing that I don't have a wasp-like waist, I did the shaping decreases a total of 4 times (every 10th row) instead of 5 times. And thus the hip increases were also done 4 times
The sleeves are 17.5" from underarm instead of 16" before the hem. I actually had finished the sweater this past Sunday with the 16" sleeves, tried it on, the sleeves were way too short, and had to rip out the hem and added another 1.5".
Sahara is very comfortable, and I like the fit (it is a bit too snug - I must not gain weight...) In hindsight, I wish I didn't pick such a fancy yarn (although I jumped at the opportunity to work with TT yarns...) With silk and all those beads, I wonder how often I will get to wear this? Now that's motivation to make a short-sleeve, more casual version of it. Maybe a cotton-silk or rayon-blend yarn for the summer?